B.S. in Family & Child Sciences

The degree in Family and Child Sciences provides understanding of child development and family relationships over the life span. We emphasize the diversity of families and how children and families are influenced by the broader environment and change over time.

Students learn to apply this knowledge about children and families working with them in various professional settings through participation in practicum experiences. These experiences occur in a variety of human service agencies and organizations, educational and child care centers, and child and family advocacy organizations.

Some students also complete a more extensive internship, and all students are encouraged to participate in the Global Scholars Program. There are approximately 600 undergraduate students in the Family and Child Sciences major.

For requirements on applying to the program, curriculum, and academic map, visit Admission Information.

Getting Admitted to the Major

Students wishing to major in Family & Child Sciences must first complete five (5) prerequisite courses. All students, including those who've not completed the prerequisites, are advised by one of the College's Family & Child Sciences advisors. (Career counseling is provided by the faculty - appointments must be scheduled with them directly via e-mail.) Students are automatically given a registration code in the semester that the prerequisite courses are expected to be completed - the code allows students to register for classes that are restricted to majors-only for the following semester. Should a student complete the prerequisite courses but not meet the necessary grades, they will be automatically removed from all majors-only courses. 

Once admitted to the major program, students can register for any course that is restricted to majors-only with the exception of FAD 4805, Practicum in Family and Child Sciences. (This course requires students to complete a specific registration process - more information can be found on the admission information page).